What you Resist, Persists


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

It’s the bad morning that snowballs into the whole stinkin’ bad day. It’s bad things happening in three: car breaks, dishwasher breaks, phone breaks. It’s unexpected bills and costs one after the other.

Why is it that once you enter a streak of so-called bad luck, that you just get more of the same?

Because: what you resist, persists.

That’s not just mumbo-jumbo or some riddle designed to confuse you, but it’s true. Whatever you don’t want just keeps on coming at you. Practicers of the Law of Attraction might say it’s because you’re putting your attention on all the bad stuff happening to you and that’s why it keeps on bringing you more of the same. That’s true, but it’s also more nuanced than that.

Say you’re running late for wherever it is that you need to be going. The dog has an accident on the floor, you rush out of the house to find a flat tire, then you hit every traffic light on the way, and there’s an accident right in front of you. And on and on the whole day follows. You become more and more frustrated, snapping at others and even at yourself. Anger starts to bubble up, whether or not it’s warranted.

Under the surface…

What’s going on here is that you’ve stayed in a funky mood, not releasing your earlier frustrations. Now that one moment has extended into a longer period of time. The stronger you hold onto your feelings of frustration and anger, the longer they stick around, pulling in more of the same. What you resist, persists.

This also carries over into non-acceptance. Non-acceptance of the situation. You woke up late, which made your whole morning rushed and behind schedule. Then the dog, then the car, then the traffic. The way to stymie this whole avalanche of events is to just accept the fact that you woke up late. Own that fact and forgive yourself for it, then proceed as if you woke up on time refreshed and energized and your day will follow suit. When you can accept the situation for what it is and release it, then you’re not carrying it around with you.

One moment is just that: a single moment. Whether or not you want to extend that moment is up to you. You can resist it and let the situation be a heavy burden around your neck, or you can release it.

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